SAE competitions are intercollegiate engineering design competitions for all majors. The object of the competitions is to simulate real-world engineering design projects and their related challenges. These challenges stretch far beyond the reach of engineering and require a broad base of students with various majors in order to be a complete team.
Designing, manufacturing, testing, and competing along with managing your educational responsibilities, provide one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences a student can have while enrolled at Iowa State.
Membership in Iowa State SAE International is open to all undergraduate and graduate students! If you want to officially join SAE international, please register yourself under Iowa State’s student organizations system here. Actual involvement is up to you and usually begins informally through participation in meetings and fabrication of the cars. New members often participate in learning and fabrication the first year before designing or leading. We are interested in applying your current skills as well as developing new ones. Students are urged to join a specific team (Baja, Formula, or Supermileage) to concentrate efforts and gain an in-depth knowledge of the cars.
Baja: Wednesdays 7:30pm Elings 308
Formula: Thursdays 7:00pm Elings 308
Supermileage: Carver 7:00pm Carver 294
Fall: Design, prototyping, collegiate sanctioned competitions
Winter: Fabrication, documentation
Early Spring: Fabrication, testing
Late Spring: SAE sanctioned competition, repairs
Summer: Break, critical component design
ISU SAE International is the parent organization of Baja, Formula, and Supermileage. If you have joined above, you will be automatically emailed about combined general meetings and events for SAE International. If you would like to join a team email list, please contact media director Nathan Eick or mention it to a current team member.
Team leaders are the core of the team under the tech and project directors. They are elected by members in the fall.